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Towards women-sensitive mental health services

Authors:
BARNES Marian, et al
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Review, 7(1), March 2002, pp.19-21.
Publisher:
Pier Professional

Looks at women only mental health services, and draws on existing knowledge and research evidence about women's experiences of mental distress and of the mental health systems.

Journal article

Bringing difference into deliberation? Disabled people survivors and local governance

Author:
BARNES Marian
Journal article citation:
Policy and Politics, 30(3), July 2002, pp.319-331.
Publisher:
Policy Press

This article discusses the engagement of disabled people and mental health service users/survivors in the process of participatory democracy. The article considers how notions of "legitimate participants" are constructed within official discourse, and how those can be challenged by autonomous groups of disabled people. It also explores assumptions about appropriate forms of deliberation within participation forums and how an appeal to rational debate can exclude the emotional content of the experience of living with mental health problems from deliberation about mental health policy.

Book

Unequal partners: user groups and community care

Authors:
BARNES Marian, et al
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
114p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

Empirical study looking at user groups and 'officials' in two policy areas: mental health and disability. Examines the strategies user groups adopt to seek their objectives, and explores conceptual issues relating to notions of consumerism and citizenship. Discusses the way in which self organisation may be supported without being controlled by officials in statutory agencies, highlighting the need to understand and distinguish between user self organisation and user involvement. Concludes that if policy makers are genuinely committed to greater user involvement in design, planning and delivery of services, then user self organisation needs to be both encouraged and supported without being subsumed into 'management'.

Journal article

From passive recipient to active citizen: participation in mental health user groups

Authors:
BARNES Marian, SHARDLOW Polly
Journal article citation:
Journal of Mental Health, 6(3), June 1997, pp.289-300.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare
Place of publication:
London

This article use the concept of citizenship to understand the objectives of self-organisation among users of mental health services. It is based on research conducted for the ESRC Local Governance Programme and addresses issues relating to the governance of services, as well as the individual and collective empowerment of users. Studies of three very different user groups led to the conclusion that, not only do such groups have a role to play in ensuring that individual users' rights are respected, but also enable people with mental health problems to play a role in enhancing the accountability of services and support their wider participation as 'active citizens'.

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Effective consumers and active citizens: strategies for users' influence on service and beyond

Authors:
BARNES Marian, SHARDLOW Polly
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 14(1), 1996, pp.33-38.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

Draws on research undertaken as part of the ESRC Local Governance Programme investigating the objectives and strategies of mental health service users' and disabled people's groups. It distinguishes between strategies based on 'consumerism' and those based on 'citizenship' and provides examples of practical achievements by, as well as barriers to the influence of, service user activists.

Journal article

Citizens in detention: the role of the Mental Health Act commission in protecting the rights of detained patients

Author:
BARNES Marian
Journal article citation:
Local Government Studies, 22(3), Autumn 1996, pp.28-46.
Publisher:
Routledge

In this article the author is concerned with questions of rights and citizenship as they apply to people who have been placed in a situation where their freedom to participate within society has been temporarily curtailed by being compulsorily detained within a psychiatric hospital. Looks at the 1983 Mental Health Act and the impact it has on detained patient.

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Women-only and women-sensitive mental health services: a summary report

Authors:
BARNES Marian, et al
Publisher:
University of Birmingham
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
Birmingham

There has been little progress in the development of women sensitive services over the last ten years and it remains difficult to ensure that this issue achieves priority at a time of substantial change within the health and social care system. The importance of the voluntary sector in providing sensitive and flexible alternative to mainstream services is still evident, as is the insecurity of services within this sector and the consequent danger of looking to voluntary sector provision as an adequate answer to the problem. In spite of an absence of evaluative research there is considerable agreement about what women sensitive services would look like. There are also committed and enthusiastic workers who are looking to the publication of the national strategy for mental health care for women to provide the national lead that can support local developments. Such developments will only be achieved if they are given the level and stability of resources required to deliver sustainable change.

Journal article

Users as citizens: collective action and the local governance of welfare

Author:
BARNES Marian
Journal article citation:
Social Policy and Administration, 33(1), March 1999, pp.73-90.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Drawing on theories of new social movements and of citizenship, this article considers the developing place of user organisations within systems of local governance. It looks at the way in which groups have sought to assert the legitimacy both of experimental knowledge and of their position as citizens in the face of official responses which have constructed them as self-interested pressure groups. It draws on empirical research investigating local groups of disabled people and of mental health service users conducted in the first part of the 1990s. The article considers likely future roles for groups comprising of people often excluded from community.

Journal article

Users, officials and citizens in health and social care

Authors:
BARNES Marian, et al
Journal article citation:
Local Government Policy Making, 22(4), March 1996, pp.9-17.
Publisher:
University of Birmingham. Institute of Local Government Studies

Looks at the empowerment of public service users from the point of view of groups of disabled people and people with mental health problems, and the 'officials' (purchasers and providers of health and social care services and politicians) with whom they come into contact. This article focuses on the way in which both user groups and officials view the notion of citizenship and its relationship to empowerment.

Journal article

Race, racism and mental health social work : implications for local authority policy and training

Authors:
BOWL Ric, BARNES Marian
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 8(2), 1990, pp.12-18.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

Examines differences in referral rates and compulsory detention in psychiatric hospitals of people from different ethnic backgrounds and what policy and training initiatives exist to respond to different needs.

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